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  • Japan's Mount Fuji (AFP)

    Around this time each year, millions of Americans are enjoying a three-day weekend heading into Memorial Day.

    It’s one of just 10 national holidays for a country that prides itself on a world-renowned work ethic.

    But in Japan, the government just unveiled its 16th national holiday. Does that make Japan a holiday-happy nation compared with the U.S.? Not exactly.

    Officially beginning on Aug. 11, 2016, Mountain Day was ostensibly created to recognize Japan’s culturally significant mountainous regions. But The Diplomat reports that the holiday was actually most likely created to put a dent in Japan’s “overworked” population, which largely refuses to use its government protected vacation time. A recent Wall Street Journal article says the average Japanese worker only uses 8.6 of his or her paid vacation days each year.

    "In Japan, there is of course paid vacation, but people don't take it," Seishiro Eto, a member of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, which led support for the new holiday,

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  • When Andrew Ballard shot this footage while fishing with his father on Lake Michigan, the looming fog bank could almost have been mistaken for an iceberg or the "wall" from "Game of Thrones."

    In his stunning clip, the massive fog edges closer and closer until it nearly envelopes the small boat.  Ballard told Storyful that he and his dad saw the fog in the distance and decided to stick around to check out the weather phenomenon — "advection fog" — up close.

    Ballard told the Detroit News that the wind picked up to about 20 mph once they were inside the fog bank. "The waves got bigger and the temperature really dropped. Visibility dropped to about 30 feet, and you lost direction.”

    Advection fog occurs when moist and warm air slides atop cold land or water, according to the Weather Channel. Meterologist Deb Elliott told the Detroit News the fog can be "very thick and extensive; if they were swallowed up in it, the ir visibility could drop to almost zero.”

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  • How this man became immortalized in a $22.5M Norman Rockwell painting

    Sherman Safford spoke about posing for the iconic painting

    You probably wouldn't recognize him if you passed him on the street, but Sherman Safford is a work of art. As an 18-year-old, he modeled for one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century — "The Rookie" by Norman Rockwell.

    Safford, now considerably older than he was when he posed for the painting in 1957, spoke with Lee Cowan of CBS News about working with the iconic American painter and how he happened to be chosen.

    The painting features a collection of veteran Boston Red Sox players hanging out in their locker room as a rookie with a naive smile approaches. Safford played the gangly greenhorn and told CBS News that he was recruited for the painting while standing in line at his high school cafeteria.

    Safford said he spotted a pipe-smoking Rockwell sitting at a nearby table.

    "I knew he had to be somebody; nobody smoked in that building," Safford joked.

    Rockwell ending up paying Safford $120 to pose for the painting, which wound up on the cover of a 1957 edition of the Saturday

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  • Lawyer says kidnapping wasn't a hoax, boyfriend was drugged
    Lawyer says kidnapping wasn't a hoax, boyfriend was drugged

    VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The strange case of a California woman who disappeared for two days grew stranger still Thursday, with her uncle and a lawyer for her boyfriend insisting she was kidnapped while police said it was a hoax.

  • NHL results

    March 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the NHL games on Thursday (home team in CAPS) Anaheim 3 BOSTON 2 (OT) Arizona 4 BUFFALO 3 (OT) Los Angeles 3 NY ISLANDERS 2 WASHINGTON 3 New Jersey 2 (OT) CAROLINA 5 Pittsburgh 2 Florida 4 TORONTO 1 NY Rangers 5 OTTAWA 1 San Jose 6 DETROIT 4 Nashville 3 TAMPA BAY 2 WINNIPEG 5 Montreal 2

  • Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts
    Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her.

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